Here And There with Dave Marash

Sen. Jeff Flake had been planning to run for another term, as a Republican alternative to Donald Trump.  Instead he’s planning to retire.  In the Republican primary for Flake’s seat, Martha McSally’s key to victory was convincing voters she wasn’t a never- her story, in depth.

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There is neglected history and there is hidden history.  In his award-winning book The Other Slavery, Andres Resendez uncovers both the neglected history Native American slavery in America, and the hidden history of Christopher Columbus, big-time slave trader.

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Homelessness in New Mexico has not exploded at anything like the rates seen along the Pacific Coast, but still the state is short of places to stay and services to help homeless people become self-supporting.  In Albuquerque tiny homes are being suggested as an answer the first problem, and in Northern New Mexico a federally funded campaign is being launched to help young people with nowhere to live.  Hank Hughes of the NM Coaltion to End Homelessness talks problems and potential solutions…in depth on HERE & THERE

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Remember the Parkland, Florida high school shootings?  On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018, 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High were killed by a 19 year old former student Nikolas Cruz armed with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and multiple magazines.  “The Parkland effect” – led by survivors of the shooting -- helped change gun laws in Florida, but Steve LeVine of Axios.com wonders if Parkland will affect the November elections.  

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President Trummp’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh told Maine Senator Susan Collins that he considered Roe V. Wade “settled law.”  But what if he changed his mind?  Margaret Wright of the NM Political Report says in the case, access to abortion in this state may depend on the fate of a 50 year old state law. The battle to repeal it, she says, will be a big issue for the 2019 session of the NM Legislature. 

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What does it mean when citizens of Los Angeles vote overwhelmingly to raise their own taxes to pay for housing for the homeless?  Reporter Bryce Covertof The Nation says it’s just one sign of several – including anti-austerity rebellions in the state legislature of Kansas and Illinois, that 2018 may be a banner political year for progressives.  But winning won’t come easily.  Small government conservatives aren’t just well-organized, they’re well-funded, by among others, the Koch Brothers and the Mercer family.

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Of all the places on earth, the one you’d probably least like to find yourself is Yemen, where deadly bombings by the Saudi and Emerati air forces continue to pound cities, towns, hospitals and basic infrastructure.  There is vicious, if strategically stalemated fighting on the ground as well.  Military analyst David Isenberg tells us who’s actually doing the fighting.  It may be Saudis and Emeratis in the air, but the ground forces trying to defeat the Houthis that have seized control of Yemen’s capital and main northern seaport are foreign mercenaries. 

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First, the Rohingya Muslims were violently driven from their homes in Myanmar, in what the UN calls another case of the crime against humanity known as ethnic cleansing.  Now, up to 700,000 Rohingya are living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.  Conditions are wretched and the Bangladeshi government refuses to allow for imporvements that might suggests the camps may become permanent.  Registered nurse Tylerr Jones is just back from a medical relief mission for the Sante Fe-based Global Outreach Doctors 

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What’s the hardest word for a tyrant to say to his people?  “Goodbye,” as in, my time’s up now.  That’s the problem right now in Nicaragua, where President Daniel Ortega is under siege, loudly rejected by a growing portion of the Nicaraguan population.  And every killing and crackdown committed to keep him in in office only makes the crisis worse.  So far hundreds have been killed and thousands are in jail or ominously out of sight.  Steve Hellinger of The Development GAP think tank looks at the story.

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Do you know where the State of NM spends its money?  Last year, 43 cents of every dollar were contracted to firms from outside NM, and that share has only increased in each of the last 5 years of Gov. Susana Martinez’ administration.  The Legislature has mandated State Govt time and again to make this data publicly available.  But it took John R. Roby, the big data specialist of Searchlight NM not only to dig out the info, but make it available on line for you.  How’d he do it?  It wasn’t easy. 

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